CLINTON — Arby Fields isn’t really known for his power. He used it, however, during a 7-2 Clinton LumberKings win Tuesday.

Fields homered in the fourth inning to give Clinton enough cushion to top the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Midwest League baseball at Ashford University Field. 

“It was just one of those things that happened,” Fields, the LumberKings center fielder, said. “My approach is always middle-away, and then reacting, and then he (Timber Rattlers starter David Burkhalter) gave me a fastball belt-high, and I guess that’s when my athleticism kicked in.”

The two-run blast into the Lumber Lounge was Fields’s fifth career home run as a pro — the previous four came last year at Pulaski. Fields also hit five homers during his college career, all in his freshman year at Northwestern.

“It’s one of those things I don’t try to do,” Fields said. “I know sometimes if I get a good pitch, I’m strong enough to do it, but that’s not part of my game. I ran into one; I don’t know what else to say.” 

Fields was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, with his first coming on a bases-loaded walk in the second inning.

Estarlyn Morales singled in the seventh that brought in Gianfranco Wawoe and Nelson Ward and gave Clinton its sixth and seventh runs. 

With the exception of Morales’s two-run single, the other five runs came with two-strike counts.

Monday was a league-wide day off, which was much needed for the LumberKings.

“I think a lot of guys came out here refreshed, and ready to go,” Fields said. “We took advantage of yesterday, got a lot of rest and a lot of sleep.”

Clinton Manager Scott Steinmann said the off-day was valuable, especially after being swept at Beloit over the weekend.

“It’s nice to get a break and get away from everything,” Steinmann said. “It was good to get back to the field and run around like little kids today. ... It was a beautiful day out, and some guys were itching to get back to the field. “

The pitching staff must have used its off day well because Clinton’s starter Pat Peterson found himself with a win. 

Peterson jumped to 3-1 with a nearly-unblemished five-inning outing. He allowed a hit to the leadoff hitter Monte Harrison but allowed one walk after that.

He struck out 10 Wisconsin batters and forced five groundouts. 

“I thought he did well and kept the ball down,” Steinmann said. “He kept them off-balance and never had a chance to get in a rhythm.”

Clinton’s bullpen — Troy Scott and Nick Kiel — allowed three combined hits and did not allow a walk over the final four innings.

“We went to the bullpen a little early, but it was good to give Scott an opportunity to get some innings in,” Steinmann said.

LUMBERKINGS 7, TIMBER RATTLERS 2

Wisconsin ab r h bi Clinton    ab r h bi

Harrison cf 4 1 0 0 Wawoe ss 3 1 1 1 

Diaz lf 1 0 0 0 Ward 2b 3 1 0 0    

Meyer pr-lf 3 0 1 0 Jackson lf 3 0 0 0

DeMuth dh 4 0 0 0 DeCarlo 3b 4 1 1 0

Matos 3b 4 0 0 0 Morales rf 4 0 2 2

Denson 1b 4 0 0 0 Taylor dh 4 1 1 0

Rubio rf 4 1 2 0 Torres c 4 1 1 1

Leal c 3 0 0 1 Brito 1b 3 1 0 0

Gatewood ss 3 0 0 0 Fields cf 3 1 1 3

Aviles 2b 3 0 1 0

Totals 33 2 4 1 Totals  31 7 7 7

Wisconsin 100 000 100 — 2

Clinton 030 200 20x — 7

E — Matos (2), Wawoe (2), Torres (1), Brito (2), Scott (1). 2B — Aviles (1), Erickson (1), DeCarlo (2). HR — Fields (1). SF — Wawoe. LOB — Wisconsin 5, Clinton 5. 

  I P H R ER BB SO

 Wisconsin

Burkhalter L 0-2 3 2/3 5 5 3 2 3

Rizzo 1 1/3 0 0 0 0 3

Medeiros 3 2 2 2 1 5

 Clinton

Peterson W 3-1 5 2     1 0 1 10

Scott 2 1/3 2 1 0 0 2

Kiel 1 2/3 1 0 0 0 2

WP — Medeiros. HBP — Jackson (by Medeiros). U — Tyler Olson (p), Brock Balou (b). T —2:36. A — 4,856.

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